August, 2008
In This Issue
Would You Like To Do This Restoration Job?
FOA Training Instructors At NTI 
Fiber As Art

Tech Topics: New "Installation" Tech Bulletin. See Tech Topics Below.

Product News:  Corning promotions,  more cleaners. See "Product News" Below

Worth Reading: Lennie On OTDRs. Do People Really Want FTTH? How Fast Can Fiber Go?  See "Worth Reading" below
FTTH: Would you believe FiOS at 175 Mb/s? Verizon to offer FiOS in DC.
Looking For Jobs - several this month, including manufacturing engineering, Instructors for a FOA-approved school, Splicers in Canada, fusion splicer sales, production and engineering. See "Jobs" Below
This Month's "Tech Puzzler"
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Looking For a FOA-Certified Fiber Optic Installer? Use the FOA Installer Database  Free! Almost 1000 CFOT's listed. 
CFOT's register online to create your listing.

You can now renew your FOA certification online - and get a free extra month. Details here.

Would You Like To Do This Restoration Job?
At the IBEW/NECA/NJATC National Training Institute in Knoxville this Summer where we have been presenting fiber optic classes for many years, we met one of our former students who had a great installation, or in this case restoration, story. Mike Yager is with Local 69 in Indiana, FOA-Approved School #615. Why don't we let him tell his story.

"If you remember I told you about a fusion splice job that I was going to do.  It was at one of the nearby steel mills.  A helicopter ripped down one of the topmost "static" lines while carrying some equipment from one side of the mill to another.  Incorporated into these static lines are 8 multi-mode fibers.  The mill uses these fibers to transmitt data about the power and status of the substations that distribute electricity throughout the mill.  The interesting thing was that I had to do it on top of a 150 foot tower.  Well, I finally did that job at the end of June.  What a chance of a lifetime.  We used a 135 foot man lift then I had to climb the remaining 15 feet or so.  I had a tool buddy that was on a platform about 10 feet below me so he could hand me tools and materials as I needed them.  Here's a couple of the pictures from that job with a brief description.   My only regret is that I didn't have two cameras.  All of the pictures are from the ground.  I would have liked to have taken some pictures of the actual splice to show the circumstanstaces and why I was doing the job to begin with.  The job took 2 days.  The first day was spent doing all of the prep work and the second day was doing the actual splice and installing the enclosure. "

tower 1 "This is the tower. See the 2 lightening rods on the very top?  That's where I'll be sitting."

tower 2 "My tool buddy and I arriving at the platform built inside the webbing of the tower.  He'll be handing me my tools from this landing."

tower 3  "And yes that's me perched on the very top.  I was literally sitting on 2 pieces of 3" angle iron that were back to back.  Yes, sitting on 6" of steel like a bicycle seat. Nice and comfy."

In all our years in the business, this is one of the wildest stories we've heard. Anyone got a better one?

“NTI” Was a SuccessNTI2008
by Tom Collins, FOA Director

The 2008 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers National Training Institute  Conference held at Knoxville, Tennessee was a great success.  The FOA conducted a Train the Trainer Program for the IBEW NTI Apprenticeship Instructors.  We had six great instructors that completed the CFOT course and on the final day covered the FOA training materials.  All of the participants passed the CFOT exam and became eligible to have their local Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers become FOA Training sites.  Congratulations to our new FOA Instructors.  The FOA is successful because of the quality of our instructors and the programs they offer. 
The FOA hopes to participate at the 2009 NTI that will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan and offer the CFOT-CFOS/ Design and the new CFOS/P program.      

Seated:  Morris Appleby, Training Director, Local 131, Kalamazoo JATC
Teaching: John Ryan, Local 24 JATC, Baltimore,MD

Fiber As Art

Carol Prusa  Carol Prusa

While in Tennessee travelling to NTI, we stopped in the Frist Museum in Nashville where we saw some really interesting exhibit called "Shades of Gray" that includes artwork using fiber optics. Part of the startling effect - besides the fiber optics, of course - is the large size, about 1 m in diameter, hard to imagine from the small images above. The work was by Carol Prusa, who currently teaches painting as an Associate Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. Here is more of her work using fiber and a bio

New Tech Bulletin On Fiber Optic Installation
The FOA has always used the NECA/FOA-301 standard Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables as its reference guide for CFOT certification and of course a reference for installers in the field. Requests for a similar reference document online led to the creation of an FOA Tech Bulletin on Installing Fiber Optic Cable Plants. It's a small PDF file so it's quick to download and print. We think you'll find this one most useful. Download It Now.

Design certification training is starting at FOA-approved schools. Coming next: premises cabling certification.

Worth Reading:

Lennie On OTDRs: For a dozen years now, Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics has been the most popular website for those getting started in fiber optics or wanting to look up some basic information. Now Lennie has added a new "virtual hands-on" tutorial on using OTDRs, based on the VDV Works OTDR simulator. Not only will it help you understand how to use an OTDR properly (not just turn it on and hit autotest, which may be your downfall!) but you can download a demo of the OTDR Simulator to try it yourself.

Do People Really "Want" Fiber To The Home? Are they willing to pay for it? The answer should come as no surprise to FOA readers.

How Fast Can Fiber Go? Verizon ups in-home FiOS speeds to 175 Mb/s. Still just loafing along!

FOLS latest newsletter. The latest news from FOLS including a standards update and access to their premises cabling cost model.

What's the biggest security problem most organizations face? The answer might surprise some of you - it's disgruntled employees. Read "San Francisco Case Shows Vulnerability Of Data Networks" to see what we mean.

POF2008 FOA Co-Sponsors POF 2008
The 17th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers will be held from Monday, August 25th, to Thursday , August 28th, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California.
The conference will be combined with POFWORLD 2008, thus guaranteeing a larger attendance compared to the last two POF Conferences. In addition, the organizers, Information Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI) and the International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fiber (ICPOF), plans to promote the event as holiday venue for attendees because of the large number of cultural and family oriented locations in the silicon valley and surrounding areas.
The main conference program will be held from Tuesday, August 26th, to Thursday , August 28th, with exhibits open during the conference. Tutorials will be organized covering a wide range of POF topics on Monday, August 25th.

Special Offer For FOA Members!
"East Meets West" - a POF design workshop - will be held the week before POF2008, August 20-22 in the same location.
50% Discount For FOA Members! Register on line with the code FOA50.
Read more:

FOA Tech Topics - 

New Tech Bulletin On Fiber Optic Installation
The FOA has always used the NECA/FOA-301 standard Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables as its reference guide for CFOT certification and of course a reference for installers in the field. Requests for a similar reference document online led to the creation of an FOA Tech Bulletin on Installing Fiber Optic Cable Plants. It's a small PDF file so it's quick to download and print. We think you'll find this one most useful. Download It Now.

FOA Technical Bulletins
How do you design and manufacture fiber optic systems? Choose and install one to serve your communications needs? Troubleshoot problems? The FOA Fiber Optic Technical Bulletins will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you. All are PDF files you can download, print and use.
Designing and manufacturing fiber optic communications products for manufacturers.
Choosing, installing and using fiber optic products for network users.
Designing Fiber Optic Networks
Installing Fiber Optic Cable Plants
Troubleshooting fiber optic cable plants and communcations systems.
Fiber Optic Restoration

Online Videos
We continue expanding the Tech Topics section and have added some videos. These videos, in a format familiar to the "You Tube" users among you, cover cable prep, termination with epoxy/polish connectors, mechanical splicing and insertion loss testing.
You need Quicktime to view these videos which you can download free here from the Apple website.
Testing Update
Are there really 5 different ways to test optical fiber cabling after installation? Why so many? How do the measurements - and more importantly the measurement results - differ? What are the advanteages and disadvantages of each method?
Why are there 4 ways (maybe 5) to test fiber optic cables?
Do OTDRs and OLTS tests give the same results?
New Tech Topics
Updated link specs for fiber optic networks - now includes 10G Ethernet.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on General Topics and Testing
Fiber Or Copper? Making decisions, overview and LANs
How do you clean connections?

Product News

Corning "Summer of Value" Promotion
Corning is offering a special promotion for buyers of Unicam kits, Optical Testers and OptiSplice Fusion Splicers. Buy a Unicam kit and get free connectors, testers and get a free cleaning kit and a splicer and get a splicing tool kit. Ask your Corning rep or distributor for details.

Since clean fiber optic connectors are extremely important, we want to bring another cleaning tool to your attention.

SENKO’s Smart Cleaner is a dry cloth cleaner specifically designed to clean single fiber connections residing in an adapter, faceplate or bulkhead. The dust cap acts as an adapter for cleaning unmated connectors and its extendable tip reaches recessed connectors. Made out of anti-static material the Smart Cleaner is ideal for working in sensitive environments and can be used for 525+ cleanings. The Smart Cleaner is simple to use and highly effective at removing oil and dust contaminants that can negatively impact optical performance. Tips for SC, FC, ST, LC, MU, MPO and hardened connectors are available. The Smart Cleaner can be purchased online at SENKO’s new web store. Visit to learn more.
Senko Cleaner

Have you read the FOA Tech Topics on Cleaning?

More links on cleaning:


ITW Chemtronics

Cleantex Alco Pads



FTTH Notes:
It's mostly about Verizon, as the stumbling economy has many private companies and municipalities reluctant to invest in long term projects.
Verizon FiOS
Verizon connects their 2 millionth FiOS home.

Verizon Strikes Deal to Bring Fios Service to the District of Columbia: Washington Post, 8/8/08
Verizon ramping up FiOS build out
By Mike Robuck, - June 11, 2008
Despite the sluggish economy, Verizon isn‚t backing off of the gas pedal when it comes to building out its fiber optic FiOS network.
Verizon plans on having FiOS in more than its previously stated goal of 18 million homes by the end of 2010, according to Reuters. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl said that the company would continue to expand its FiOS network to the tune of more than $20 billion, while doing so at a faster rate than the original plan called for.

Verizon‚s FiOS rollout was initially slower than expected due to a lack of equipment, such as set-top boxes, as well as the regulatory approval process in the states where the telco wanted to rollout the triple-play service.

Verizon to invest $86 million to expand FiOS TV in Rhode Island (Lightwave)
The $86-million investment will extend Verizon's FiOS TV service to an additional 10 communities and expand its Providence-based Fiber Solutions Center, where at least 50 more union-represented technicians and customer service representatives will be hired, say Verizon representatives.

FiOS Rollout In Philadelphia
From the web journal.
Verizon is now deploying GPON in its network in new developments in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. GPON offers more bandwidth than the BPON currently used, allowing more features for FiOS TV for example. See this Lightwave article for more info. Where is Verizon offfering FiOS service? See this map.
Want To Learn More About FTTx?
The FOA has created a special FTTx resources section of our website with a FTTx links page with lots of links to news, market reports, technical articles and vendor technical and product information. Here is a great place to start learning more about FTTx.
FOA's CFxT FTTx Certification Program Explained
Read the Broadband Properties article about the FOA FTTx certification program. Read the article about FOA President Jim Hayes being honored for his work promoting FTTH.


 Digging Safely

The old story (not a joke!) about the most likely fiber optic communications system failure being caused by "backhoe fade" reminds us that digging safely is vitally important. The risk is not just interrupting communications, but the life-threatening risk of digging up high voltage or gas lines.

There is a website called "Common Ground Alliance" that focuses directly on this issue. Here is how they describe themselves:

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.    In recent years, the association has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.

Of special interest is their "Best Practices" Manual, available for downloading. If you do OSP installs, please get yourself a copy and read it.

There is a new toll-free "call before you dig" number: 811

See for more information

National Fiber Optic Protection Summit: By the "811" group. March, 2008 in Vegas.


Download This!
There are tons of technical application notes and videos on the web, and occasionally we recommend some you should download. The JDSU fiber testing guide is really worthwhile, as are the ADC FTTx book and Westover video on fiber inspection and cleaning, linked below.
JDSU Testing Book
JDSU offers a free download of their Testing Guide from the Lightwave website. This is one great book which explains some basic fiber technology, but the real value is the last half which deals with OTDR testing. Not only does it give the usual info, but it covers important topics like measurement uncertainties and anomolies like ghosts and gainers.
I was in the testing business for 20+ years at Fotec and think this book is one of the best fiber optic testing texts available. It's complete but comprehenisble! I used to believe that premises techs did not need OTDR training, but now OTDR manufacturers are pushing their use in premises networks. Unfortunately, the limitations of OTDRs in premises applications can cause extreme problems for those who are not aware of their limitations. So knowing hows OTDRs work is essential information to every tech. 
Download yourself a copy and read it!
Westover Application Notes And Cleaning Video
Westover has several application notes on inspecting and cleaning fiber optic connectors. The video is a big file (50+MB) but a good tutorial.
Download page:
ADC's Book On FTTx
ADC has an excellend book on FTTx. Here is a link to request a copy:

Now In Spanish: FOA Textbook & Text For FOA Advanced Certifications
The FOA's textbook, The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual, is used by our approved schools around the world to teach fiber optics. Book Details: Manual Del Technico De Fibra Optica, Published by Thomson Delmar Learning, ISBN 1-4180-6121-2
If you are getting started in fiber optics and Spanish is your native language, you can download an introduction to fiber optics in Spanish here.
Eric Pearson's book that is used for the CFOS/I reference book, Successful Fiber Optic Installation, is also now available in Spanish.
Contact the FOA for more information.


Job Openings

Manufacturing Engineer, MIL Fiber Optics (8/08)

Linden Photonics is a small company that develops packaging and cable technology.  Specializing in fiber optics and using novel extrusion/molding techniques for thermoplastics, Linden focuses on military and other harsh environment markets.
We are looking for a part time manufacturing engineer to help set up our in-house manufacturing and quality procedures as well as assist in the design/set-up/and usage of specialized in-house equipment related to optical technology and cable winding and spooling.
The ideal candidate will have a mix of manufacturing and mechanical experience.  Experience with ISO type record keeping is desired and fiber optics experience is a plus.
5 to 10 years experience in manufacturing and a BS in an engineering or equivalent technical degree is desired.
For more information on Linden Photonics, check us out on the web at <>
Please send resumes to Stephen O’Riorden, Director of Business Development at <>
Best regards,
Stephen O'Riorden
Director of Business Development
Linden Photonics, Inc.

Fiber Optic Instructors (7/08)
Can You Teach? Would you like to?
Go to the "Teaching Opportunity " on the BDI DataLynk,LLC Web Site or call: 512-785-9024 for more information.
Bob Ballard, RCDD, CFOI
BDI DataLynk, LLC
Ph: 512-785-9024

Product Marketing Manager-Fiber Optic Unit (7/08)
Industry: Technology / Telecommunications / Software
Compensation: $100-125K
Geography: Northeast U.S.
Preference given to someone who has recently worked in product marketing for a company making fiber optic cable, connectors or patchcords.

Position open for a Product Marketing Manger for our Fiber Optic product line. Reporting to the VP/General Manager, the Product Marketing Manager is responsible for managing the P&L for the Fiber business. This manager is responsible for the product portfolio, new product development, pricing, go-to-market strategies, and marketing communications.
Key responsibilities include:
Business Planning and Execution
- Lead the development and implementation of a 3-year strategic product-marketing plan for the Fiber Optic product line. Effectively communicate and lead the implementation of this strategy throughout the organization.
Product Portfolio Management and Execution
- Lead development of a 3 year product roadmap that optimizes Quality, Delivery, Cost and Innovation while addressing key solution gaps outlined in the Market plans through internal product development, partnering and/or acquisitions.
- Coordinate development of future innovative products and technologies in line with strategic goals.
Marketing Communication – Increase sales and the product line through innovative integrated Marketing, PR and advertising plans.
Channel / Customer Business Development
- Work with sales team to develop integrated business plans and sales strategies that are aligned with the annual and 3 year plans.
- Lead the development of price targets and product positioning.
Specific requirements for this position include:
Senior level product marketing fiber optic experience.
Process and measurement oriented
Business or Technical undergraduate degree
MBA is preferred
They should have experience:
1) Analyzing the product line income statement, analyzing margin mix,
analyzing channels to markets and customers, analyzing pricing,
recommending and taking actions as needed to maximize margins and revenue.
2) Product Road mapping: Long-term product planning - where we take the
products, which markets, pricing, etc. including the business case for new
products and recommendations for product lifecycle.
3) Developing business case for new products or investment going into new
4) Marketing Communications
5) Control of all pricing including in-depth, sophisticated modeling,
competitor analysis, and positioning.   

Celeste Christ
Amber Systems Group, LLC
104 S. Main St. Suite 513
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-9011 Phone
920-3229013 Fax

Account Manager, Optical Fibers                              
Location:        Open
Reports To:     Director Marketing and Sales
Position Goals:           Provide direct sales representation and technical assistance, as related to the Company’s Specialty Optical Fibers worldwide
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Present and sell company products and services to current and potential customers through customer visits and direct customer interaction
Prepare action plans and schedules to identify specific targets and to project the number of contacts to be made
Follow up on new leads and referrals resulting from field activity, trade shows, advertisements, etc.
Identify sales prospects and contact these and other accounts as assigned
Prepare presentations, proposals and sales contracts
Maintain current knowledge of all products, including technology, pricing, and sales strategies, and able to quote, close, process and support a sale as part of the sales team
Establish and maintain current customer and potential customer relationships
Prepare paperwork to activate and maintain contract services
Manage account services through quality checks and other follow-up
Identify and resolve customer concerns
Prepare a variety of status reports, including activity, closings, follow-up, and adherence to goals
Communicate new product and market opportunities, special developments, information, or feedback gathered through field activity to appropriate company staff
Coordinate company staff to accomplish the work required to close sales
Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities:
Participate in marketing events such as seminars, trade shows, and telemarketing events
Follow-up for collection or payment
Coordinate shipping schedules and delivery of products and services

Education and Required Skills:
Four (4) year degree, preferably in Engineering
At least Five (5) years direct experience in sales of fiber optics, optoelectronics or photonics
Self motivator with the ability to plan, meet deadlines and work symbiotically with peers, customers and supervisors

Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive base salary plus commission/bonus
Medical and dental
Long term disability
Life insurance
401K participation with company match

Interested applicants may send their resume to:

Senior Process Engineer- ADC Corp.
LOCATION: Bennington, VT

ADC provides the network infrastructure equipment and professional services needed to deliver voice, video, Internet and data communications around the world.  Wireline, wireless, cable, enterprise and broadcast network operators rely on ADC‚ADC's offerings to deliver bandwidth intensive, high-speed services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 140 countries.

Provide technical support to the manufacturing operation that enhances quality, improves delivery, and reduces costs through product/process improvement, operator training, equipment selection/installation, and product development.


Ensure existing and new products can be manufactured on robust and cost-effective processes by optimizing process settings, tooling, and procedures.
Monitor equipment, and work with vendors to reduce costs.
Troubleshoot and resolve short term and long term manufacturing problems that impede quality or cost effectiveness.
Develop and administer training on new and existing equipment and products for manufacturing personnel to ensure product/ process consistency.  Identify, document, and effectively communicate all critical process parameters, tooling, and materials. Development and maintain documentation.
Manage capital projects and provide technical support for the specification, design, purchase, installation, and commissioning of new equipment, retrofits, and tooling.
Manage Product Development projects as assigned to ensure successful release of commercial products in terms of reliability, cost, and manufacturing.
Work with vendors, Marketing, and Operating personnel, Product Management, Sales and/or Customers to meet product requirements.
Develop, improve and implement production/processing methods and business processes that positively impact cost, quality and safety objectives.
Initiate and develop Lean process improvements.
 Lead and participate in constructive discussions with management and operating personnel regarding quality/ process problems, cost reduction projects, and training issues. Provide reports as needed.
Ability to influence cross-functionally.

Four Year Degree in Engineering ME/MET, IE/IET
ISO9001:2000 knowledge, ERP familiarity, MS Suite of products, TL9000 QMS
Four-year engineering degree and 7+ years of related process engineering experience in a cable manufacturing environment.  Specific experience in polymer extrusion and optical fiber cable is desired
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated teamwork, cooperation skills.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations- respond to questions.
Ability to utilize logical and scientific thinking in a variety of circumstances.
Focus on continuous quality improvement.
Ability to understand and follow all safety guidelines.
Flexibility to changing priorities, sensitivity to others feelings, viewpoints.
Ability to take calculated risks.
Travel up to 5% possible.

We‚re Growing
Competitive Compensation and Benefits
Opportunities for Advancement
Fast-Paced and High Energy
Global Company
Innovative Products and Technology
We Give Back to the Community
Committed to Customer, Quality, Innovation, Teamwork and Integrity

INSURANCE: Health and Dental is effective the first day of employment
PAID TIME OFF (PTO): 20 days for Full-Time, 10 days for Part-Time
PAID HOLIDAYS: 8 days with floating holidays
BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Two times your base annual earnings
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: $5,250 per calendar year of eligible expenses

HOW TO APPLY: Apply directly on-line at <>

ADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contractors For "On-Call Restoration" (6/08)
I am in need of at the present time is an individual that can assist my clients as needed.  He or she could be called at any time, and there is a 4 hr response time.  We’ll pay a decent rate along with a Truck Roll Allowance for the drive.  Some of these locations could be up to 200 miles away, but we try to find technicians as close to the location as possible.

George L. Smith, Technical Recruiter
Intellys Corporation
621 W. College Pkwy
Grapevine, TX  76051
Office: 972-929-9000 ext. 513
Toll Free: 877-468-3559
Fax: 817-796-1208

Splicers Needed in Canada (6/08)
Need 2 - 4 splicers immediately
Job is in Calgary  ( A Telus Job)
Way paid out to the job.
Air Fare home every 8 weeks
Truck and tools supplied
$35.00 per Hr    +  overtime
$175 per day living allowance

Contact  Gord Smith, Phone: 416-678-7235


Looking for two individuals or two staff from a private firm for inside premise (ISP) install of CAT6 and Fiber Optic cables. The primary site is a large data center with adjacent offices, all currently under construction. Desire individuals with BICSI or FOA certifications,  industry certifications or equivalent experience. Experience with testing CAT5/6 and Fiber desired. This will be a six-month assignment in a safe and friendly foreign country with living conditions equal to the US. All travel and relocation expenses paid. Housing in two-bedroom furnished townhouse close to work site. Cell phone, Internet, cable TV, utilities, medical insurance and vehicle provided. Salary in US dollars with a bonus at completion of project. Employer is a large multinational design and build firm. Desire US installation and NEC code experience.

Please send contact information along with resume or qualifications to:

Kevin Love, <>

Furukawa America (6/08)

Sales Manager position:
Sales of Fitel Fusion Splicer Products for the Northeast region of the USA and possibly Canada.
This person will be responsible for managing a network of manufacturing representatives and distributors.
The Sales Manager will make product presentations/demonstrations and participate in industry tradeshows, participate in negotiations, and support maintaining positive customer relations.
All interested in candidates should send their resume and cover letter to the following e-mail address:

Project Engineer (PE) (6/08)
Fiberoptic Components, LLC is a leader in the design and manufacture of fiber optic cables and sub-assemblies. Growth within medical device markets have provided us with expansion plans in multiple disciplines within the organization. We are currently seeking a Project Engineer (PE) with the following qualifications:
The PE generally works independently under supervision from the Engineering Manager. Design fiber optic cables and sub assemblies for new products from concept through release to production.  Responsibilities include: a) solid understanding of customer design requirements, b) product/process introduction, production troubleshooting, or individual measurement and analysis projects, c) performing measurements, creating engineering designs, and preparing time and cost estimates for projects.

B.S. Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical Engineering ; 3-5 years of experience with mechanical design ; basic understanding of  fiber optic technology
Proficiency with Solid Works 3-D Platform
Computer literacy; MS Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint and Access experience necessary
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with a willingness to take ownership of projects and tasks as needed.
Familiarity with ISO processes and procedures

To find out more about our company, visit our website at: <>
We offer a competitive benefits package.  All interested candidates should submit resume with cover letter & salary requirements to: Lawrence Kosiba, President--email:

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Fiber Optic Cable Assembly Experience (6/08)
Our client located in the Tampa Bay area has enlisted our assistance to recruit for a Production Manager with a strong fiber optics background.
The Production Manager will provide leadership to related production teams and ensure that the planned production capacity, produced units to the right quality specifications.
The Production Manager will plan and realize process optimization and management of the production projects, operate under the realization of TQM and GMP guidelines prepare and release work orders and machine operation plans and manage low volume production scheduling.
Requirements, qualifications and experience: 
Bachelors' Degree or equivalent in Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering or like discipline and professional experience in an industrial environment working in Manufacturing with fibers, fiber optics, catheters or composite materials. 
A minimum of 5 years of experience in the following areas; leadership business, and production planning. Proven knowledge in production planning systems. Fluency in English. 
The Production Manager will be a contributor in the following competencies; business focus, managing change, customer focus, applying and managing resources, taking initiative, managing others, communicating effectively, developing and applying skills and knowledge, working in teams.
Be sure to forward a Word version of your resume along with 3 Professional references to be considered! 
Brian McNally

Process Engineer (MTS),
Undersea Optical Cables (6/08)
The candidate for this position will lead and assume responsibilities of Assembly and Process engineering for a product line in undersea repeater sub-systems manufacturing.

Support TICS and Tyco Telecom EH&S Policies.
Maintain Strong Process Understanding in the Area of Responsibility:

Complex parts, assembly and fixture drawings. Electro-Optic, fiber-optic, and electronic assembly processes (Fiber handling, Splicing, and Soldering). Shop Control and Quality Systems. Environmental, ESD and clean room requirements. Training/Certification/qualification Requirements. High quality/high reliability manufacturing.

Process Development, Implementation and Control:

Design work flow, assembly stations, and associated equipment. Estimate process yields and intervals and provide support to achieve goals. Define process capacity and capability. Identify, procure, and install required equipment, jigs, and fixtures. Set-up, Prove In, and Transfer Equipment and Fixtures to Shop Control. Facility planning, shop floor process flow and capacity analysis. Write process work instructions and inspection check lists. Develop BOMS and ROUTES. Develop Training and qualification criteria including supplies & equipment. Train the trainer and/or conduct training. Develop and Document Certification Criteria. Identify Critical Process Parameters. Establish quality measures. Define process for collection of defect data. Specify and/or perform defect analysis and CA process. Analyze product and process quality data and take preventive and corrective action as required to reduce cost, interval, process variation, increase process yield, and quality. Supports cost reduction initiatives through design modifications or process improvements. Develop new mfg. processes and methodology to improve production quality, production and performance. Provide cost estimates of tools and schedules.  Analyze various mfg. problems, perform FMA, and recommend solutions. Provide technical assistance necessary to solve production problems and track yields. Respond to corrective actions and insure implementation into production. Actively participates in RFD/MRB activities. Has experience with newer mfg. methods, materials and process. Provide solutions utilizing latest state of the art engineering developments and philosophies available. Provides other related duties as assigned.
     Interface with: All Tyco Telecommunications Newington functional organizations, Tyco Telecom. Design & Reliability team and External Suppliers.
     Support Non-conforming Product Disposition. New Product Introduction. Production Support. Qualification of Design Changes. Support Repair and Returns. Continuous Process Improvement.

Education: BS/MS in Mechanical, Industrial, or Electrical Engineering (Emphasis on fiber/fiber optics preferred).
Experience: Minimum 3-5 Years of experience in Electronic, Electro-Optic and/or Fiber Optic manufacturing.
Skills Required: Knowledge and/or experience in manufacturing of electro-optic assemblies, shop aids and work instructions, fixtures, engineering change control, quality control, process improvement, and workmanship standards. High quality and high reliability manufacturing. Knowledge of fiber, splicing, Data Base, data analysis, shop control system (Oracle). Excellent knowledge of equipment preventive maintenance procedures. FMA analysis. Strong communication skills, team leadership skills and ability to provide technical leadership. Strong ability to work with Design, suppliers, Manufacturing engineers and shop employees. Experience in new product introduction. Highly self motivated, organized, with excellent attention to details especially in documentation, and data analysis. Knowledge of Pro-E and/or AutoCAD, Documentation control software (DOCS OPEN).

Abdallah Alhamdan

The client is a leader in Fiber Optics product manufacturing.  They are well established, profitable and experiencing significant growth.  They are dedicated to providing total manufacturing solutions for fiber optic cabling systems to the telecommunications industry that requires Telcordia standards.  They are in need of an experienced and successful Sales Representative from the Fiber Optics market who is looking for THE right career move.  The company is currently enjoying significant growth.  If you are looking for a great opportunity and have the skills to help drive growth and success, you should explore this opportunity.

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Also Check Recent Job Openings In Previous Issues of The FOA Newsletter


Tech Puzzler
Myth or Truth?, see below.
Fiber is made of glass - it's fragile and easy to break. 
Answer below

Understanding FOA Certifications
To answer questions on FOA certifications, we've created several new web pages:
Overview of FOA certifications
Training Requirements - What Schools Are Teaching
Reading these will help you understand what each FOA certification covers and how to prepare for them.

FOA Logo Merchandise
FOA has arranged with EmbroidMe to provide FOA logo merchandies. Identify yourself as a FOA-certified tech or instructor. The lab coats are super impressive for either cabling techs and instructors. Check out the selection.

FOA Certification Top Choice

The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber optics. Over 23,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 200 schools. Since our founding in July, 1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
The FOA now has approved programs at 160+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems and AFL for their installation training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at


Your Name, CFOT - It pays to advertise!

The FOA encourages CFOTs to use the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc. and provides logo files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your Name, CFOS/T" for example.

Feel free to use the logo and designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!


Remember To Renew Your Certification !

Remember to renew your FOA certification. All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding your qualifications if needed. You must be a current FOA member and CFOT to participate in our online database of installers, contractors, technicians and consultants. If you forgot to renew, use the online application form to renew NOW!



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Tech Puzzler:
Myth: Fiber is made of glass - it's fragile and easy to break.
Not so. Why do "fiberglass" boats have glass fibers inside plastic? For reinforcement! Glass is much stronger than copper and fiber optic cables are designed to withstand much more tension than any copper cable. Cat 5/5e/6/6A is limited to 25 pounds pulling tension, while fiber optic cable used in premises applications is capable of withstanding over 200 pounds pulling tension.
See the Lennie Lightwave for a complete tutorial and more.